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“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.” – Thomas Merton 

How do you celebrate Valentines Day, the calendar’s most romantic day of the year?

Not all of us can lay claim to a romantic relationship with that one special someone, but is it still possible to observe a happy Valentines Day? Certainly! 

It might surprise some to learn that Valentines Day began not as a romantic holiday but as a holy observance within the Roman Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar. Instead of exchanging hearts, flowers, kisses and candy, the original celebrants of St. Valentines Day attended mass.

It’s a further surprise to learn that history records plenty of  men named Valentine who lay claim to being the original saint whose legacy made February 14th popular. Their stories were hardly the stuff of love and romance; their lives were marked by brutality and martyrdom.

In today’s podcast, I review the origins, development and evolution of St. Valentine’s Day and discuss the non-traditional ways some of us can celebrate and share love on this special holiday. Not all of us will be sitting over a candle lit dinner on Valentines Day, but we can use the occasion to extend our hearts to others in thoughtful, fun and even unexpected ways. 

I hope you listen in to my reflections on Valentines Day in today’s short podcast.  As an added bonus, I hope you’ll be inspired by listening to how author and friend Amy Bryant lives her life happily – from the inside out. 

Wishing you happiness however you choose to celebrate Valentines Day this year! 

Maura Sweeney is a Podcaster, Author and Speaker

Her mantra is “Living Happy – Inside Out!”

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Comments (3)

  1. Aaron


    Hi, I’m intrigued, I’m looking for the origin of this phrase, could you help me?

    • Reply

      Aaron, I felt uniquely inspired by this quote for my blog, as if the writer somehow had a “knowing” beyond the typical human experience. An ordained Catholic priest and Trappist monk who passed in 1968, Thomas Merton’s timeless wisdom has left us with a legacy of his spiritual writings in 70 books. Hope this link will provide you with any additional info and insights you might be looking for.

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